I thought just for fun we could list some of the funny, humbling and life changing things we have encountered as parents of special needs children. It really occurred to me how my perspective has changed the other day when a friend of mine, who is not well versed in special needs, and I observed a child having a temper tantrum in public. I said "you know what that child needs?" and she replied "a spanking". Then I said "Oh, I was going to say a neuropsych evaluation". LOL
Also I was trying to explain to another person, who is very concerned about her grand-daughter's development and her daughter-in-laws seeming lack of concern that sometimes it is like a grieving process coming to terms with your child's needs. The grand-baby is in physical therapy so the needs are not being neglected. From the description the mom is just having a hard time accepting the delays. The grandma doesn't quite understand how it could be a grieving process for the mom.
I have also learned how important it is to be a strong advocate. I had to undo some of the be a nice girl and compromise stuff I was taught as a child because sometimes you can't just be a nice girl